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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs., May 22) -- decent first impression for return of Last Comic Standing

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NBC just won’t quit on Last Comic Standing. Its eighth edition, and the first since 2010, returned Thursday night and made a pretty nice comeback.

Airing from 8 to 10 p.m., LCS drew 127,823 D-FW viewers with its new host, JB Smoove, plus new judges Keenen Ivory Wayans, Roseanne Barr and Russell Peters. On the first night since the end of TV’s so-called “regular season,” that was good enough to outdraw everything except CBS’ 8 p.m. repeat episode of Two and a Half Men and Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast.

Among advertiser-craved 18-to-49-year-olds, LCS beat every competing program except Fox4’s news.

The Fox network’s premiere of Gang Related didn’t fare as well from 8 to 9 p.m. It had 99,418 total viewers for a third-place finish in its time slot and was beaten by LCS and ABC’s Modern Family rerun among 18-to-49-year-olds.

CBS won the 7 p.m. hour in total viewers with repeats of The Big Bang Theory and The Millers. But Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen had the most 18-to-49-year-olds.

Part one of the CW miniseries Labyrinth languished with just 21,304 total viewers and 13,027 in the 18-to-49 demographic. That ranked it fifth in both measurements from 7 to 9 p.m. before CW33’s new Nightcap successor, NewsFix, fell even further off the ratings map with respective totals of 14,203 and 9,770 viewers.

Here are Thursday’s local news derby numbers on the day after the end of the May “sweeps” ratings competition.

Two stations collected all the golds. Fox4 ran first at 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. in total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming. NBC5 ran the table at 5 and 6 p.m.

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